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Lancome is a French luxury perfume and cosmetics brand but is Lancome cruelty-free?
Is Lancome Cruelty-Free?
Lancome is NOT Cruelty-free. Lancome pays and allows their products to be tested on animals when required by law. Lancome also sells its products in stores in mainland China where animal testing is mandatory for most imported cosmetics.
In addition, Lancome is owned by L’Oreal, a parent company that is also not cruelty-free.
Lancome Animal Testing Policy
On Lancome’s website, they claim that they do not conduct animal testing on their products or ingredients or ask others to test on their behalf, except when required by law.
I later discovered from Lancome is selling their products in China where they are required by law to test on animals.
Below is a screenshot of what’s currently stated on Lancome’s company website:
The general disclaimer of “except when required by law” is usually used to imply cosmetic companies are selling their products in mainland China stores where animal testing is mandatory for most imported cosmetics.
Is Lancome Sold in China?
I eventually found out that Lancome products are indeed sold in stores in mainland China. Therefore, Lancome must consent to have their products or ingredients tested on animals by Chinese officials in order to import and sell their products in mainland China.
To prove that Lancôme products are in fact sold in stores in Mainland China, I used Lancôme’s store locator feature on their website to find several retailers in mainland China that carry Lancôme products.
Below is a screenshot I took from the company’s website clearly showing numerous stores in mainland China selling Lancome:
Because of Lancome’s decision to sell its products in-stores in mainland China, they must allow Chinese officials o test their products on animals. That’s why most cosmetics brands selling in mainland China retail stores cannot be considered cruelty-free.
Although Lancome may not be conducting these animal tests themselves, they are knowingly allowing Chinese authorities to test their products on animals in order to sell in China.
Many truly cruelty-free brands have chosen not to sell their products in China because of the country’s animal testing laws. Unfortunately, Lancome refuses to do the same and has decided to put profits before the welfare of animals.
Summary: Lancome is NOT Cruelty-Free!
Lancome allows their products to be tested on animals when required by law. Also, by choosing to sell in mainland China, Lancome must have their products tested on animals. Therefore I would not consider Lancome to be a cruelty-free brand.
Lancome is on our List of Brands to Avoid – Animal Tested.
Is Lancome Vegan?
Since we would not consider Lancome to be cruelty-free as their products are tested on animals when required by law, we also wouldn’t consider anything sold or manufactured by Lancome to be vegan.
Cruelty-Free Alternatives to Lancome:
Looking for cruelty-free alternatives to Lancome beauty products? We recommend the following cruelty-free skincare and makeup brands:
- Tarte *owned by Kose – some vegan options
- COVER FX – 100% Vegan
- Juice Beauty – some vegan options
- Murad *owned by Unilever – some vegan options
- Josie Maran – some vegan options